First, the disclaimers: (1) If you’re offended by junior high-ish antics, stop reading now. (2) While I try desperately to steer clear of topics political, I thought I’d make a comment and invite you to talk among yourselves.

When we were growing up we were told an old adage: “You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose.” (I’ll pause while you finish laughing.) Later, I learned a new version of this: “You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but you can’t roll your friends up and wipe ’em on the back of the couch.” (I’ll pause again while you stop gagging.)

So, what does this have to do with anything? Recent newscasts have focused our attention on a couple of possibilities that have heated up the airwaves, and boiled the blood of people globally. Whether the events are related or not may be discovered only in the minds of the people involved, the talking heads on TV and Radio, or the blogging buddies infesting the Internet (present company excluded). The question: Should a mosque/cultural center be built near the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks? or Should there be a mosque built in Tennessee where religious zealots are burning all kinds of buildings? or (the latest) Should a smalltime, smalltown pastor lead his church to burn copies of the Quran to make a statement (or is it to get attention)?

Another point that the political pundits have been sure to make is that we live in America–Free Speech (and all that).

My take goes back to the bad advice I used to open this post. Of course, I think that the old saying is wrong. It should be more along these lines: “You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose; and you can even pick your friend’s nose, but that probably isn’t your wisest plan of action.”

Now the comment section is opened, be nice.